Artists’ Books and Comics Open House – February 20th

In collaboration with the Fine Arts Library, The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is excited to invite you to the Artists’ Books and Comics Open House! Come join us to explore some of the incredible handmade items from our Dylan Williams Collection of small press and self-published works.

Untitled by Austin English, The Dylan Williams Collection, The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Untitled by Austin English, The Dylan Williams Collection, The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

The OSU Fine Arts Library had a great response from the Fall semester Artists’ Books Open House. And so, by popular demand, we’re bringing it back this semester! Come see work by Marina Abramovic and Ulay, John Baldessari, Johanna Drucker, Fluxus, General Idea, The Guerrilla Girls, Hans Haacke, Nancy Holt, Douglas Huebler, Barbara Kruger, Sol LeWitt, George Maciunas, Ed Ruscha, Carolee Schneemann, Richard Tuttle, Lawrence Weiner, Xu Bing, and many more. The Artists’ Books Open House will take place on Wednesday, the 20th of February, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in Thompson Library room 150.

This semester we’re also thrilled to include a selection from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum’s Dylan Williams Collection of small press and self-published mini-comics, which showcase unique formats and binding techniques from underground cartoonists to contemporary self-publishers. If you are interested in homemade comics or the art of the book, this is a unique opportunity to examine these objects up close and to really understand how they’re made. The Cartoon Library curator Caitlin McGurk will also be available during the open house to discuss the materials and their construction.

We will provide gloves so that you can study the works. Because of the sensitive nature of the materials (such as their designs, paper qualities, and fragility), we will ask that no backpacks or portfolios, food, drink, or wet media be brought into the room with them. Pencils and paper are recommended for note-taking and sketching.

Free and open to the public!

Please let us know if you have any questions about this event: cartoons@osu.edu